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Painted life boats in front ,oT dummy deck house

��entire stern and which had to resemble lifeboats.

The curtain was in sections, each with rings slipped over extensions of the rail uprights. It was lowered instantaneously as a unit by means of ropes running over small pulleys at the top of each upright and tied to a cleat on the deck. The subma- rine approached to within twenty yards of the vessel. Several men clambered up out of the forward hatch with a collapsible life- boat. The ship's cur- tain was suddenly dropped ; the guns were brought to bear, and fired. The first shot struck the U-boat at the base of the peri- scope and she sank in four minutes carrying her crew with her.

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���Quick-action lowering ropes to maKe curtain drop instantaneously as one unit'

The top picture shows the camouflage curtain in position, its painted lifeboats plainly visible from a distance. The lower picture shows the curtain lowered and the gun deck cleared for action

��The Up-to-Date Baby Has a Wheeled Dressing Table

A CERTAIN Philadelphia (Pa.) manu- facturer is putting out on the market a baby-dresser on wheels, which is nothing more nor less than a stout piece of fabric stretched on a frame and supported on wheels, so that it can be moved from one room to another. It is large enough to hold the baby's toilet articles as well as the baby himself.

The frame is made of steel with rubber tired wheels. It is rigidly locked when in use, but easily folded up and put out of the way when not in use. It occupies a very small space when stored. It is perfectly balanced and cannot be tilted over, nor will it close up before it is locked.

When not in use for baby, it can be used as This is much better than ^ nurse , s a tea-serving table. lap after his bath, thinks the baby

���877 Butter? No; Pass the Oleomar- garine, If You Please

IN some parts of Germany, according to the Bulletin of the Chicago Section of the American Chemical So- ciety^ oleomargarine is quoted at higher prices than butter. "Now how do you account for that ?" asked a man as he read it. We have no direct information so we claim the privi- lege of several guesses. The statement does not record just what kind of butter it is that is cheaper than oleomar- garine. Some of us can hark back to stu- dent days in Germany and recall little plat- ters of virile, puissant and mighty butter that were placed before the guests at the table (but not the landlady), and the memory of it, through the long and arduous years, carries the sense of economy. Butter like that seems bound to be cheap; by rights it should be cheap ; cheaper than anything else one can think of.

But there is another reason which may explain why even good butter may be worth less than oleomargarine. There is a fat famine in the land, and oleomargarine pro- duces a greater number of calories than butter. We are told by those who have traveled in Germany since the war has been raging that the craving for fats, after being on short rations for a while, becomes so intense that the mere sight of butter induces a disposition to throw all propriety to the winds and devour the fat like a beast. Oleomargarine may "go further" than butter in satisfying this intense craving. — Ellwood Hendrick.

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